Lenovo and Microsoft Azure are changing the game. One stack at a time.

Enterprises and service providers are constantly under pressure to deliver IT solutions quickly, simply and cost-effectively, while addressing security and compliance requirements.  Today, Lenovo is proud to support the launch of Microsoft Azure Stack.  Lenovo and Microsoft engineers have been working closely together for well over a year to bring this revolutionary solution to market.  The proven and tight integration of hardware and software is key to a best-in-class hybrid cloud solution.  Imagine the simplicity and agility of the public cloud in your own data center.  It is a new paradigm, and a new bar has been set for ease of use and cloud functionality in a single, turnkey, integrated solution.

Lenovo and Microsoft engineers have been working closely together for well over a year to bring this revolutionary solution to market.  The tight and tested integration of hardware and software is key to a best-in-class hybrid cloud solution.  Imagine the simplicity and agility of the public cloud in your own data center.  It is a new paradigm, and a new bar has been set for ease of use and cloud functionality in a single, turnkey, integrated solution. 

On June 20th Lenovo launched ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack as part of the largest end-to-end data center portfolio in Lenovo’s history.   With the ThinkAgile brand, Lenovo moves aggressively into software-defined hyperconverged infrastructures for hybrid cloud, combining industry best practices and responding to spiraling costs and the need for the flexibility and ease of cloud in your data center.  Lenovo’s vision for the ThinkAgile product line aligns well with Azure Stack by combining a complete hardware solution with Azure services to enable new hybrid cloud applications. 

Simplicity – Lenovo has engineered ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack (ThinkAgile SXM) specifically to support the Azure Stack environment.  This leverages our leadership and customer experiences with Microsoft to provide a balanced and powerful system for hosting your hybrid cloud.  This rack-scale, factory integrated, turnkey system will have the final software configured on premises to insure tight integration with your existing IP address space.  You’ll enjoy the same ease-of-use end user experience that you enjoy with Azure today.

Agility – One key advantage of the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack experience is the ability to develop once and deploy across Azure and Azure Stack.  This adds a powerful new capability to hybrid cloud - the ease of use of Cloud available in both public and on-premises environments.  Under the covers, Azure Stack is using Storage Spaces Direct for hyper-converged storage.  Storage Spaces Direct has the capability (IOPS) and functionality to deliver high performance storage to the most demanding environments. 

Transformative Experience – The advantages of Lenovo ThinkAgile for Microsoft Azure Stack extend throughout the entire lifecycle of the product.  Before any software, firmware or driver change is released to the field, it is fully validated and audited for security by both Microsoft and Lenovo on equipment that matches our customers’ environment.  This provides customers with the peace of mind needed for high availability environments such as cloud.  The installation process has also been automated, with minimal administrative actions required and minimal impact on the tenants.  Lenovo ThinkAgile SXM is ideal for customers looking for the convenience of the cloud within their own data centers, engineered to deliver up to 57 percent more compute (3) capability than the competition, and up to 50% more memory (4) to support more, and larger, virtual machines. Built on Lenovo ThinkSystem hardware  which is ranked #1 in reliability(1) and #1 in customer satisfaction,(2)  combined  with the simplicity of Microsoft Azure Stack, ThinkAgile SXM is a winning combination for customers in need of a best-in-class hybrid cloud solution.

(1) – ITIC x86 server reliability & uptime

(2) – TBR x86 client satisfaction

(3) – Compared to DellEMC max CPU = 14C, Lenovo max CPU = 22C. 

(4) – Compared to DellEMC max memory = 512GB, Lenovo max memory = 768GB

Mike Neil, corporate vice president, Enterprise Cloud, Microsoft Corp.

“Microsoft and Lenovo have a history of working together and began Microsoft Azure Stack development over a year ago.  Having demonstrated this capability at Mircrosoft Ignite in 2016, together we proved this solution will help clients implement the agility and simplicity of public cloud within their dta centers.  Lenovo’s ThinkAgile SX for Azure Stack helps our shared customers implement hybrid cloud to transform their business, meet customer demands, advance innovation, and increase efficiency.”

We are taking orders for Microsoft Azure Stack now, and working together with Microsoft plan to start shipping the first systems in September.